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July 28 2011

9:42 PM

Howell back in the hunt

WHITE SUPLHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Seeing Charles Howell III climbing the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic shouldn’t be a surprise.

After all, he tied for ninth last year in the inaugural PGA TOUR event at The Old White TPC. Even more recently, Howell has finished fifth or better in three of his last four starts.

The lanky Augusta, Ga., native has quietly made his way to No. 24 in the FedExCup standings, as a result. He stands to gain a lot more if he can continue his strong play at The Greenbrier this week.

Howell started on the back nine Thursday and birdied Nos. 13 and 17 to turn in 3 under. He added two more birdies in his first five holes on the front before making his only bogey of the day at No. 6 when he found a fairway bunker.

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